Gordon F. Blackert, 86, of Geneseo, passed away Friday, November 2, 2012 at Hammond-Henry Hospital, Geneseo. Funeral services celebrating Gordon’s life will be 10:30 AM Monday, November 5th at Zion United Methodist Church, Hooppole. Rev. Terry Lancaster will officiate. Burial will follow in Hooppole Cemetery where military honors will be accorded by the Hooppole American Legion Post. A visitation for Gordon will be 3-5 Sunday at the Atkinson Chapel of Vandemore Funeral Homes. Memorials may be directed to the Gordon Blackert Memorial Fund.
Gordon was born January 24, 1926 in rural Prophetstown, IL the son of John Henry and Florence (Fehlman) Blackert. He was a graduate of Prophetstown High School and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Gordon was united in marriage to Darlene Anderson in 1946. She preceded him in 1999. He married Sandra Heller December 30, 2000 in Hooppole, IL. Gordon was a lifetime farmer in rural Hooppole. He was a member of the Zion United Methodist Church, Hooppole and the American Legion Post in Hooppole. Gordon served on the Prophetstown School Board for over 20 years and was the Yorktown Township Tax Assessor for many years. He enjoyed golfing and reading but his true passion was farming.
Survivors include his wife, Sandra; 2 sons and spouses: Kent (Lynn) Blackert, Prophetstown, IL and Kevin (Kim) Blackert, Orion, IL; 2 daughters and spouse: Candice (Virgil) Hairgrove, Morton, IL and Chris Blackert, Davenport, IA; 8 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; 4 Stepchildren and spouses: Lynn (Jim) Bos, Jim (Kathy) Heller, John (Judi) Heller, Tom (Ann) Heller; 10 step-grandchildren and 10 step-great-grandchildren.
Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, Darlene, and 2 sisters: Lois and June.